ON INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, Rwanda’s first ever Ms Geek Rwanda contest was held at Lemigo Hotel. Now, this was no glitzy young-girls-strutting-around-in-swimsuits kind of contest. On the contrary, the last five girls standing battled it out through their knowledge and skills in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Young women who want to make the world a better place - educate and empower a girl and then stand back and be amazed by what can happen.
So much innovation coming from the continent right now - so many young people with so much passion and commitment.
Melinda Gates reviews "However Long the Night," by Aimee Molloy, which tells Molly Melching's story and the story of the Senegalese communities where she works.
The first time I met Molly Melching, the founder of an organization called Tostan, we were driving through the countryside in Senegal on our way to Kolma Peulh, one of more than 1,000 villages in Senegal that no longer practice female genital cutting because of the innovative work Molly and Tostan have been doing with the locals for years.
Molly spent an hour telling me about her life and her approach, which is based on two things: deep, deep engagement with local communities, and the concept of basic human rights as the starting point for any intervention. Her personal story was inspiring. Her ideas were thoughtful. When we arrived in Koma Peulh, I saw everything she’d been telling me about with my own eyes, and it was incredible. With Molly’s help, the community had created a new vocabulary for talking about the most important issues they face, and they were using it to make all sorts of improvements to their lives. I have not thought the same way about the work I do at the Gates Foundation since that day.
Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile.
There is room for change even in a culture you respect, says Maanda Ngoitiko, a leader who has challenged the status quo of what it means to be female in a pastoralist Maasai society.
Ngoitiko grew up in the traditional, male-dominated pastoralist community of Soit Sambu village in northern Tanzania, helping with the needs of her family and their cattle. To escape forced marriage and in hopes of continuing her education, a 15-year-old Ngoitiko ran away from home. After finishing secondary school in Dar es Salaam with the help of a pastoralist community group, she received sponsorship from the Irish embassy to further her education in Europe.
Ngoitiko then returned to northern Tanzania to work for a Maasai community organization, but she realized there was an urgent need for an organization led and managed by Maasai women, dedicated solely to addressing their strategic and practical needs
Give girls and women the tools and they will make the needed changes happen.
Masons in Timbuktu on Friday began rebuilding precious mausoleums that were destroyed by Islamist guerrillas when they controlled the Malian city before a French intervention, the UN cultural body said.
Al Qaeda-linked militants destroyed 15 of the northern city's mausoleums, important buildings that date back to the golden age of Timbuktu as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre in the 15th and 16th centuries, Unesco reported in June last year.
The UN body said on Friday that the reconstruction was due to last one month, and would be carried out by a local group of masons.
It is good to see this happening.
The mindless, backward-thinking barbarity of "Muslims" linked to Al Qaeda want to destroy any signs of history not their own (well, except where they are destroying mosques of rival factions of the religion of peace).
Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah (February 16, 1932 - March 13, 2014) was the third President of Sierra Leone from 1996 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2007. An economist and attorney by professions, Kabbah spent many years working for the United Nations Development Programme.
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone has officially announced the death of the former President of the country, His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was 82 years old.
Family sources say he passed away at 16:00GMT of this afternoon of March 13th 2014 at his private residence in Freetown with his wife and close family members at his side.
The former President is credited with laying the foundation for the country's current thriving democratic culture and for creating a peaceful and stable socio-economic and political climate in Sierra Leone. He had been ailing over the past few month for which he had sought treatment in the United Kingdom.
After completing two terms in office, he handed over power to current President Ernest Bai Koroma in September 2007. He spent a few years in active service as an International Statesman leading elections observation missions and giving international lectures. However, in the last two years, ill health made him reduce his public appearances.
His death has been greeted with a lot of sadness from all sectors of the society exemplifying the respect and love he commanded from his people. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced shortly.
The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Motorola Solutions and UNDP organized the completion to help young people establish the usage of mobile technologies to enhance human development in various sectors including Governance, Education, Health, Agriculture and Gender.
15 young innovators in the Information Technology sector (IT), who are passionate about finding solutions to pressing development issues, have been selected. They were tasked to generate a mobile application that is dynamic and applicable among the Rwandan population using mobile technologies.
These are the young people who will show the world what can be done by those given - and taking with both hands - the chance to show that the limits of what is possible can be changed.
Michael Fasciano is a filmmaker and media strategist who recently completed his latest documentary, Hearts of Courage. The short film follows the medical group Team Heart. The film covers their mission and annual surgical trip to Rwanda.
A young Tanzanian woman tells of how she was lured away from her village by the promise of work in Dar es Salaam only to be sold into sexual slavery. She talks about her ordeal and recounts how she has since received help from a support group formed to give a unified voice to Tanzanian women
Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan intelligence chief, was found guilty of complicity in the 1994 genocide and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
He's the first genocide suspect to be tried in France, which has long been accused of being too slow to bring perpetrators to justice. The prosecution had called for life-imprisonment.
After more than 11 hours of deliberation, a guilty verdict was finally handed down to the 54 year old, former spy chief.
Can't believe it has taken twenty years, but it is excellent that it has finally happened.
Closure is an important thing - and this is something that has been a long time coming for Rwanda. There should be no time limit on facing prosecutions for such terrible crimes. Yes, Rwanda needs to put the past where it belongs - in the past. But it can never forget, should never forget. There must be closure - and for that there must be punishment.
Now, the precedent has been set, and this prosecution will surely set the others that are needed into motion.
Africa is the second most populous continent in the world only exceeded by Asia. While some countries are using their population to drive growth, others are suffering negative effects due to pressure on public services and urban poverty . As CCTV's Girum Chala reports, Africa must embark on proper policy implementation if it is to benefit from the huge resource that is its population.
Via Linda Hammon
Judges rule directive amounted to a roadside declaration.
A decree issued by President Jomo Kenyatta four decades ago and which dictated who was allocated the much-sought after prime beach plots along the Kenyan Coast was non-existent and opaque, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
The Appellate Court observed that although it was being scrupulously enforced, the decree has never been anchored in any legal regime and cannot be traced to any legal grounding for evaluation and rationale.
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